PORTLAND — The Portland Exposition Building at 239 Park Ave. provided emergency shelter to 16 people Saturday night.

The building will remain open today for any resident that needs a place to stay during the storm.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the Expo is equipped with food, water, cots and public restrooms. Pets will also be accepted at the shelter.

Clegg said persons seeking shelter from Hurricane Irene should bring medications, cell phones with chargers, bedding and pillows and other essentials.

Metro buses on Routes three and five will be able to drop passengers at the Expo.

The city’s Oxford Street Shelter will remain open during the duration of the storm. Members of the city’s support team will be traveling to known camping sites to help homeless persons reach the shelter.

For additional information, people should call 874-8493.

In all, more than a dozen shelters have opened across Maine .

In addition to Portland, the Maine Emergency Management Agency says towns where shelters opened today include Topsham, Scarborough, South Portland, Westbrook, Bridgton, Windham, Thomaston, Wiscasset, Islesboro, Saco, Wells and South Berwick.

The Associated Press contributed to this report